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Fantasy Esports Picks: League of Legends (LPL) Top DraftKings DFS Targets for January 12

Nikhil Kalro shares his targets for Tuesday’s League of Legends (LPL) DraftKings DFS action, which locks at 4:00 a.m. ET.

League of Legends Pro League teams FunPlus Phoenix (L) and Top Esports (R) compete during the League of Legends Mid-Season Cup finals at the LPL Arena on May 31. Photo by Riot Games/Riot Games Inc. via Getty Images

Top Esports will be looking to get on the board after a shock loss to Suning in the opener. FunPlus Phoenix also open its season on Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of the players to consider for your DraftKings roster from Tuesday’s LPL slate.

Set your DraftKings lineup here: LPL $60K Shock Blast [$20K to 1st]


Lwx ($11,400)

There are two viable sets of options to make early in your roster construction for this slate. Either you choose between Lwx and JackeyLove ($11,700) as your only bot-laner or choose between Knight ($11,400) and Doinb ($11,100). One rule of thumb when faced with such a dilemma in League of Legends is to pick two bot-laners instead of two mid-laners. Lwx is $300 cheaper than JackeyLove too.

Others to consider: JackeyLove ($11,700)


Nuguri ($6,400)

A price of $6,400 is a few hundred dollars more than I’d like to spend on this position but Nuguri is worth the price. He was one of the smartest acquisitions in free agency, making the move from Korea’s Damwon Gaming after three years with the team. His proficiency in the top lane will keep FunPlus in a good position considering the defensive balance he provides.

Others to consider: 369 ($6,600)


Karsa ($7,000)

Karsa averaged three kills and 3.5 assists per map in the opening game against Suning. However, he will be displeased with his high death rate of four per map. Top Esports prefers that aggressive, all-in style of team fights, which often leaves its base vulnerable. That only works occasionally. That day is out of the way, so expect a similar kill rate but a lower death rate on Tuesday.

Others to consider: Haro ($6,600)


Knight ($7,600)

Here is where you will have to make a sacrifice and opting for two bot-laners. Between Knight and Doinb ($7,400), I’d pick the former on most occasions. Knight had a terrific individual game against Suning, putting up 10 kills and four assists on two maps. He even had a creep score of 329.

Others to consider: Doinb ($7,400)


JackeyLove ($7,800)

Here is JackeyLove’s K/D/A against Suning: 1/3/3, with a combined KDA of 1.33. By his standards, those are terrible returns. He was killed three times on average per map, leaving Top Esports open in the bottom lane — which will always end up being the difference in pro League of Legends. Like Top Esports, I expect JackeyLove to make an immediate comeback with a typically solid performance.

Others to consider: SamD ($7,000)


cold ($4,600)

There will be at least one position where you will have to choose an inexpensive option from either Rogue Warriors or Oh My God. I would sacrifice support on this particular slate. cold had a decent opening game with six assists per game along with 1.33 kills and three deaths.


FunPlus Phoenix ($5,200)

If you construct your roster with the picks above, you will be left with exactly $5,200 for your team. In this case, it’s an easy choice for FunPlus Phoenix — a team that made the playoffs in both splits of the LPL last year after consistent performances right through 2020.

Set your DraftKings lineup here: LPL $60K Shock Blast [$20K to 1st]

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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.